House | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3
Built in the 1600's, this quaint old village stone house has been restored to retain original features combined with all modern facilities in a most striking style. It is a one bedroom garden apartment with courtyard and private garden..
It has the convenience of being in this beautiful old village with all its amenities, and having views out across the hills. You can sit out in the walled courtyard which is next to the pool area, or a bit more away from things under the nut trees in in the lawned area The large (10mx5m) pool shared with the other houses.
There are wonderful views across the valley to the hills and mountains beyond.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lerici 43 km|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa, Parma, Genoa 100 km, Nearest railway: Aulla 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
La Taverna is a very special small property sharing a pool with three other houses. Completely made of stone it seems as though it is carved out of the rock. The kitchen area in the main room has an ancient marble sink, though modern plumbing!
Set into a corner of the stone wall in the bedroom is a luxurious spa bath. There is also a bathroom with a spacious shower and a walk-in wardrobe area. The bed is a traditional Tuscan bed, not quite as wide as a modern one. You can step out of bedroon through the glass doors to a private lawned garden.
The living room opens onto a beautiful walled courtyard with views over the valley to the hills beyond There is a table and chairs for eating out, with a large sun umbrella.
A few steps away is the large pool set in a lawned area with relining chairs, also with wonderful views over the hills.
La Taverna is an ideal romantic hideaway for two.
It is set in a friendly village with a shop, bar and restaurant only a couple of minutes walk away.
The house has the enviable position of being on a south facing hillside in a small farming community with a shop, bar and restaurant a short stroll from the piazza. No cars pass by the house, only the cows!
|Further details outdoors|
The pool is set in lawn with wonderful views down the valley to the coast beyond. There are loungers and sunshades provided around the pool area.
Parking is in the piazza a couple of minutes' walk away.
Down in the valley below tumbles the lovely Taverone river. A short drive takes you into the Appenine mountains, with many lakes to enjoy. The Ligurian coast is about 40 minutes away, where you can take boats out to the Cinque Terre and Portofino. Pisa is only an hour away. It is an ideal area for walking.
It is an ideal area for walking.
The Tuscany region
Here in Lunigiana, undiscovered northern Tuscany, you will experience a very relaxed tempo of a century or two ago - calm and unhurried - cocks crow, church bells ring, and chainsaws buzz preparing the wood for winter.
Driving or walking around Lunigiana you will discover its rich natural beauty and the character of one of the loveliest parts of Italy, set like a green jewel in a triangle between the glistening sea, the mighty Apennines and the soaring Apuan Alps.
Many of the ‘Borgos’, old hill villages, are worth a visit. Try just wandering through the village streets, saying buongiorno or buona sera to the people sitting around on chairs or doorsteps chatting in the sunshine. If you attempt a few words of Italian, they will always be pleased, and many of the youngsters will want to practise their English. Tavernelle, Crespiano, Virgoletta, Prota, Camporaghena, Bastia and Varano and all typical examples of traditional Lunigiana villages.
The rhythm of the seasons still rules here. Tomatoes are 'passed' through sieves in the summer to make 'passata' for the year, the barrels are left to soak and swell in the street ready for the year's vintage.
In their time the olives and the chestnuts are harvested and processed in the 'cantine' beneath the village houses.
Funghi hunting is an obsession. Tens of kilos are collected by each family each year. The places where they are found are closely guarded secrets, though you have to have a licence to collect them. There is even a 'funghi' machine in one bar instead of a fruit machine!
Filetto is the most original and interesting village in Lunigiana. Unlike all the other villages and small towns, it is a squarre walled town, having been originally a Roman 'castra'.
The the elegant loggia in the middle of the main street and the Marquis' palace and the Fatebenefratelli Convent are all of great interest.
Just outside the village lies one of the oldest chestnut woods in the region (a relic of a more extended forest). This was where many of the mysterious carved stone images, now in Pontremoli museum, were found.
A big fair takes place every year on the 25th of August, near the chapel and spreads all around in the forest. Every year in summer, Filetto hosts the "Mediaeval Market". The narrow alleys and the secluded squares of the village become full of merchants in mediaeval costumes, shops are opened selling all sorts of handicrafts and restaurants serve traditional foods. In the main street there is also a Pottery Workshop, where courses of pottery, ceramic art and decoration are held throughout the year.
The old village of Malgrate, with its mediaeval castle, stands on a hill overlooking the Bagnone valley, from which one can have a magnificent view of this part of Lunigiana. The village and castle are of outstanding historical and environmental interest. Today the two elements, village and castle are strictly connected to form a unique and attractive setting. There is an excellent restaurant hidden behind the bar in the car park.
This village developed along the main street on a spur of solid rock with the church and the piazza at one end and the castle at the other, where the archbishop of Canterbury stayed in the 10th century on his way to Rome. Along the main street you will find doors, windows and other fine examples of mediaeval decoration. The castle has an elegant courtyard with an attractive double staircase. Virgoletta was a stop on the Via Francigena – the route from Canterbury to Rome.
Bagnone, 'the jewel of Lunigiana', is a quaint old arcaded market town with a river tumbling over rocks in the gorge below. Above, the ancient castle looks down over everything. There are several bars, restaurants and useful shops, including the oldest pharmacy in Europe - still trading!
The old quarter of the town dates back to the mediaeval times and was originally built along the Roman Way, the old route connecting France to Rome. The Ethnographic museum is well worth a visit, showing how life was lived in Lunigiana until very recently, illustrating the various aspects of agricultural and pastoral life. It is picturesquely set in the old mill of Villafranca next to the bridge in the centre of the town.
Some of the exhibits look just like what you may see in the street at certain times of the year. Nothing changes very fast in Lunigiana! The remains of Malnido castle are still imposing and picturesque, the castle unfortunately having been destroyed by the British in the war.
Saint Francis' church has two outstanding terracottas by the Delia Robbia school and in the town you will find antique shops selling all sorts of bric-a-brac, old furniture, prints and ancient books.
Through EQUI TERME flows 120 litres of sulphurous water per second creating a thermal resort renowned since ancient times. Equi Terme spa has now been reopened and offers many different treatments and a wonderful outdoor bathing pool. Several restaurants are to be found there.
Just out of Equi Terme, along a path, the mountain opens up into a cave called ' La Buca' - the mouth. It is a large cavern with a lake and stalactites where Paleolithic and neolithic remains have been found.
The new caves of Equi Terme are full of stalactites and stalagmites in a large variety of colours from dazzling white to basaltic black. The largest cave is over 80 metres high.
A picturesque coastal village dominated by its ancient castle. Lerici, once a Roman Naval base, now boasts a chic selection of boutiques and restaurants. The village is a series of stone flagged alleys lined with pastel coloured houses and has many interesting old shops. Take an evening stroll along the promenade or stop in
Lerici is still a fishing village and you can watch the fishermen at work along the quay. In the mornings you can buy fish off the wooden carts as they are loaded off the fishing boats.
FIASCHERINO AND TELLARO
Further down the coast are the villages or Tellaro and Fiascherino. where D. H. Lawrence once lived.
Tellaro is the last village of the Gulf of the Poets and is situated on a little rocky peninsula. In the middle is a lovely square surrounded by colourful, green shuttered houses which were part of the old walled village.
Down from the square is a little landing place protected by a breakwater showering beads of spray over the houses. This scene has been painted by many local artists.
THE CINQUE TERRE
These enchanting old fishing villages were and still are the homes of those who fishand work the land and the vines. Some of the houses along the Cinque Terre are still only accessible by boat. You can taste their wines and perhaps some acciughe (anchovies) in the true Cinque Terre style.
The Cinque Terre are five villages strung along the coast behind La Spezia now linked by train. Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. These enchanting old fishing villages were and still are the homes of those who fish and work the land and the vines.
The Cinque Terre produce wine for which they are renowned since ancient times such as the 'Biancho Nero', 'Sciacchetra', Red and white dry wine from Levanto, Bonassola and Framura further north. Steep terraced vineyards look like stairs plunging down to the coves and little beaches where you can swim.
The area is dotted with churches and sanctuaries of a bygone era. The churches are in the villages and the sanctuaries are in breathtaking position on the hills.
Along the Versilia Coast, stretching from Marinella di Sarzana to Viaraggio there are many beaches, some private requiring a daily entrance fee and some public and so free of charge. Prices along this stretch of coast may vary enormously depending on the area and equipment. Some of the beaches are equipped with sports including water skiing, wind surfing and paragliding.
PISA & LUCCA are less than an hour away. FLORENCE is two hours. The easiest way is to catch the train. Cheap, and no parking problems.
PARMA is also only an hour away by train.
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26 May 2013
"Perfect Hideaway with stunning views, quaint mediaeval villages and great food."
Where better to stay than La Taverna with its wonderful stone walls and vaulted ceilings providing us with the peaceful 'away from it all' holiday we were looking for with the added bonus of a lovely swimming pool - not always easy to find with properties for only 2 persons. It is well equipped and Its private lawn and large courtyard was the perfect place to eat 'al fresco' and take in the wonderful view to the hills across the valley. Prota is a truly special place to stay where the villagers still take their cows down the lane to the fields and collect their herbs each day. Lunigiana is like stepping back in time as you wander through many mediaeval hamlets in the hills surrounded by a backdrop of mountains.
From La Taverna you have easy access to many good local restaurants and a large supermarket. The coast is less than 30 mins away and we especially enjoyed our boat trip from Lerici to the Cinque Terre, returning early evening for a wonderful sea food dinner overlooking the bay of Lerici. We certainly intend to return.
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